2020 Democrat: Pelosi is 'juggling a caucus that's divided'

2020 Democrat: Pelosi is 'juggling a caucus that's divided'
© Greg Nash

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanOffice of Technology Assessment: It's time for a second coming Key moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far GM among partners planning .3B battery plant in Ohio MORE (D-Ohio) said Tuesday that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team House revives agenda after impeachment storm Democrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public MORE (D-Calif.) is balancing competing interests among House Democrats on whether to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE.

"She's juggling a caucus that's divided," said Ryan while reiterating his own support for impeachment. "I personally think that the president has committed crimes and I don't think he's above the law."

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"She's got to juggle the interests of the caucus and it's not easy because there are people in our caucus that don't want to go down the road of impeachment, and that makes it difficult for her as a leader," he added.

Ryan unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for the House Democratic leader post in 2016.

Ryan, who is among two dozen candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, first called for impeachment proceedings against Trump earlier this month.

“When you think that the President has committed comes - and I’ve read the Mueller report and think he obstructed (justice) on multiple occasions - we have a responsibility,” he said during a CNN town hall, citing a press conference by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE.

He is among 62 House Democrats who have called for an impeachment inquiry. Pelosi has resisted those calls for impeachment.